Small NJ businesses struggle with Valentine’s Day sales due to winter storm

The owner of the Flower Cart Florist in Old Bridge says there were issues with deliveries and getting workers to come in.

Lanette Espy

Feb 14, 2024, 1:37 PM

Updated 69 days ago

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Valentine's Day is here, and some local businesses are hoping there's a last-minute rush for gifts and flowers.
Tuesday’s storm stopped many customers from going out and shopping for their loved ones.
Cristina Rybak, the owner of the Flower Cart Florist in Old Bridge, says there were issues with deliveries and getting workers to come in.
"I've been in business for 35 years and whenever the snowstorm hits before, it always ends up being busier the day of,” Rybak said.
Surprisingly, she says Valentine's Day is not her busiest time of year.
"Valentine's Day is what we call the warmup. As busy as it is, everyone has a mother, not everyone has a lover — making Mother’s Day our busiest day. That's what we call the Super Bowl,” she said.
Many fire stations are also still selling flowers as a fundraiser for the holiday. Check with your local fire station to see if they are offering any events.


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